Helen Clark, The Hindu | March 10, 2010
Empowering women in Asia is not only a requirement for basic human rights but also an economic asset in recovery form the global recession. ++ It remains the best way to lower the illiteracy, malnutrition and child mortality rates in the long term. ++ A first report reveals that failing to do so costs Asia "roughly the equivalent to the GDP of Viet Nam" per year. ++ According to the Human Development Report, increasing the proportion of women in the workforce to 70 percent would boost annual GDP in India by 4.2 percent.